Prayer Alert: Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Caribbean

Embed from Getty ImagesLet us remember to pray for the people in Central Mexico and Puerto Rico who are recovering from natural disasters that devastated their lands.  

On Thursday, September 7, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck  in the Gulf of Tehuantepec off the southern coast of Mexico, near state of Chiapas. More than 100 people were killed and many others injured.

Nearly two weeks later, on Tuesday, September 19, a 7.1 earthquake struck in central Mexico, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands. According to media reports, the quake occurred on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, which killed an estimated 10,000 people.  

The following day on Wednesday, September 20, Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico with a vengeance. Relief efforts are slow in coming and much of the island’s infrastructure has damaged. Many people on the island still lack food, water, and electricity. Getting around the island remains difficult because of the debris that still remains from the winds of Maria that destroyed buildings.

In all three natural disasters, lives have been lost, and many survivors are still in need of new homes, food, jobs, and mental health assistance. Piles of rubble from collapsed buildings remain in both Mexico and Puerto Rico. More has been lost than has been reported in the media. 

Hurricanes Irma and Maria also wreaked havoc on the Caribbean Islands, such as Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Government officials are still appealing for help from the international community. On some islands residents still have not returned to their homes. Barbuda’s mandatory evacuation order was recently lifted. Only a few construction crews and relief workers had been on the island. Ronald Sanders, Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the United States, said the evacuation meant “that for the first time in 300 years, there’s been no one living on Barbuda full time.”

Let us pray the following prayer points those who suffered losses due to these natural disasters: Continue reading

Prayer For Missing Nigerian Girls, Chibok Christians

United in Christ Ministries is an organization founded on prayer and the Bible, the Word of God. Because of the news that we have been hearing from around the globe, we decided to periodically issue a “Prayer Alert” to Prayer Warriors who visit our website.

Jesus told His disciples, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them,” (Matthew 18:20, NIV). We believe that no matter where we live in the world, that if we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who died for our sins and rose again on the Third Day, we are all “united in Christ Jesus.” Therefore, Jesus Christ is with us as we join together in prayer. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, we can discover God’s will and expose the plans of the enemy through strategic prayer.

We also believe in prayer “watches,” which are specific times of the day or night when prayer is being made. There are eight prayer watches covering 24 hours. This means that no matter what time you pray, you are praying during a specific prayer watch. The Bible speaks of prayer being made at certain times and miracles occurring as a result of united prayer. The 12th Chapter of Acts shows Peter being released from prison due to the prayers of the Church. Peter was scheduled to be executed, “but the church was earnestly praying to God for him” (Acts 12:15, NIV). To find out more about prayer watches, UICM has an e-Book titled, Watch and Pray: Understanding The 8 Prayer Watches available at Amazon.com.

We want to ask people around the globe to join together to pray and see the hand of God move in situations that seem impossible, for there’s nothing too hard for God. So, we will periodically issue prayer alerts and ask those of you who are inclined to do so, to please join UICM in prayer. At this time, we are praying for:

1. The Missing Nigerian Girls

In early May, 276 girls were kidnapped from the Chibok boarding school in northeast Nigeria in Africa. Media reports claim that a Islamic militant group called, “Boko Haram” abducted the girls, and are now demanding that the government release imprisoned Boko Haram members in exchange for the girls. According to an April 28, 2014 article on the World Watch Monitor, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for Christians around the world to pray and fast for the safe release for the girls. The families of the girls are also in need of prayer as they await to hear word about their daughters. To find out more about the missing girls, go to https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2014/04/article_3117701.html/.

2. The Safety of Christians in Chibok

In the same Nigerian town where the 276 girls were kidnapped, 29 Christians were killed in a church worship service reportedly by the same group that abducted the girls. Christian leaders reported that the next day, members of Boko Haram burned down seven churches and some houses in the area, according to a June 2, 2014, article in ChristianPost.com. Christians in Chibok, as well as other parts of the world where they are persecuted, need our prayers. To find out more about the situation there, go to http://global.christianpost.com/news/pastor-kidnapped-church-burned-as-boko-haram-kills-29-christians-in-nigeria-120802/